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July 6, 2011

AMK Sarawak condemn the arrest of Zulhaidah Suboh as Unconstitutional and a Violation of Human Rights

Filed under: Barisan Nasional,Pakatan Rakyat — Pengayau @ 7:02 pm
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Zulhaidah look weak,pale and tired this morning

Scene outside the court room this morning

Group of supporters with lawyers

Taken from Free Malaysia Today

Bersih t-shirt: PKR S’wak woman leader held

Joseph Tawie July 5, 2011

KUCHING: A Sarawak PKR woman leader has been arrested by the police for allegedly wearing a yellow Bersih T-shirt.

Confirming the arrest, PKR Youth publicity chief Lesley Kalom said Zulhaidah Suboh is believed to be the first Sarawakian to be arrested in relation to the Bersih rally which is calling for electoral reforms.

Kalom said Zulhaida was first questioned at the Kuching International Airport early yesterday. She was on her way to Miri.

The police however allowed her to catch her flight to Miri.

She arrived in Miri at about 1.30pm, where a team of policemen continued questioning her at the airport police station.

“They later took her to the Miri Central police station for further interrogation,” Kalom said.Read more here

 1.She has appeared by the Magistrate Court Miri on 6th of July for the Case hearing and her remand being extended for another 3 days and were summoned to appear once again at Miri Magistrate Court on the 8th of July

  2.The 1966 Societies Act gives the Home Minister broad powers to declare an organization illegal. It also requires that all organizations register with the authorities, which subordinates freedom of association to Government consent. This infringes the right to Freedom of Association, enshrined in Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and also Article 10 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia

 3.Under Section 47 of the Societies Act 1966, any person who prints, publishes, displays, sells or exposes for sale, or transmits through the post or who, without lawful authority or excuse, has in his possession any placard, newspaper, book, circular, pictorial representation or any other document or writing whatsoever or which is issued or appears to be issued by or on behalf of or in the interests of an unlawful society shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to a fine not exceeding RM5,000 or both

 4.Bersih 2.0 has been declared illegal by the Home Ministry effective July 1 for causing “an atmosphere of unrest,” a week before its planned July 9 rally and he gave three reasons for the banning of the movement, adding it was an unregistered group despite fulfilling all criteria to form an organisation under the Societies Act 1966. But why should Bersih seek registration when it is only a coalition of 60+ NGOs that are already registered? And would ROS accept Bersih’s application if it were to apply?

 5.Bersih’s yellow T-shirt has also been declared illegal by the Home Minister. Isn’t that an infringement on our civil rights to wear what we please? What if people choose to wear yellow T-shirts that say ‘We want CLEAN and FAIR elections’ or ‘We reject DIRTY elections’? Would they be arrested too?

 6. Bersih has listed their eight demands as the reason for their 9 July rally as listed below :

1. Clean the electoral roll

2. Reform postal ballot

3. Use of indelible ink

4. Minimum 21 days campaign period

5. Free and fair access to media

6. Strengthen public institutions

7. Stop corruption

8. Stop dirty politics

What started off as a rally for clean elections has now morphed into a civil rights movement that is gaining momentum.The harder the crackdown, the louder the cry for democratic reforms. It is not the rakyat but the government and their use of strong-arm tactics that is giving the country a negative image.

Leslley Kalom,

PKR Sarawak Youth Publicity Chief

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